Totally Amazing!

Above is the total of knit/crochet/sewn/quilted items donated to Detroit Veterans Hospital’s Baby Shower: 316 items! I was in awe of all the beautifully crafted items from blankets, hats, booties, headbands, mittens, outfits, etc.: the ladies truly outdid our past donations. All of these items came from my knit group as well as our local library knit/crochet group and even some from ladies who knit in another knit group PLUS a donation of 7 quilts from one of our ladie’s churches! I would post all the photos but they are too numerous to do so (23!). It was a boisterous, loud, fun-filled evening. We were even able to donate another 51 pairs of baby booties to the other charity that create burial outfits for babies. I am so proud of my friends!

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Peanut Butter Lunch Lady Cookie Bars

2 C. flour
2 C. sugar
2 large eggs, beaten
1 1/2 C. peanut butter, divided
1 1/2 C. (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 C.  milk + 2 T., divided
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. salt
4 C. powdered sugar

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a large cookie sheet with
nonstick cooking spray (or line with
parchment paper.) In large bowl mix
all dry ingredients (flour, sugar, baking
soda, salt). In another bowl whisk 1/2 C.
milk, vanilla, eggs. In a saucepan melt
1 C. (2 sticks) butter & 1 C. peanut butter &
bring to boil. Remove from heat & slowly
add dry ingredients followed by milk/egg
mixture – mix until well combined. Pour onto
cookie sheet, spread evenly to edges. Bake
20 minutes until a toothpick inserted into
center comes out clean. Cool completely
before frosting.
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Frosting:
1 stick butter
1/2 C. peanut butter
2 T. milk
4 C. powdered sugar

In a saucepan bring butter & peanut butter
to a boil. Add milk & slowly mix in powdered
sugar until well combined. Pour frosting over
cake, spreading evenly to edges. Allow to cool
& set before serving.

(recipe: 1krecipes.com)
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Zucchini Quiche w/Bacon &
Hash Brown Crust

Crust:
3 C. refrigerated or frozen hash
browns, thawed/patted dry
2 T. olive oil
2 T. unsalted butter, melted

Quiche Filling:

1/2 C. bacon, cooked/crumbled
1 shallot, diced
1 medium zucchini
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 C. flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
5 eggs, room temp.
1 C. plain Greek yogurt
3 C. shredded cheese (Sharp Cheddar,
Gruyere, Monterey Jack, Dubliner,
Pepper Jack – or a combination of 2
or more)
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Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a 9 inch pie plate with nonstick
cooking spray. Grate zucchini onto a
clean kitchen towel & squeeze dry,
removing as much excess liquid as possible.

In medium bowl combine hash browns,
olive oil, butter, salt/pepper – toss to
combine. Press mixture firmly into bottom & up
sides of prepared pie plate, forming a crust.
(Make sure it goes all the way up the sides
b/c it will shrink some while baking)
Bake 20-25 minutes until edges are golden
brown.
REDUCE oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
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Filling:
Cook bacon in large saute pan over medium-
high heat until crispy, 6-8 minutes on each
side. Remove from skillet & crumble. Remove
all but 1 T. of bacon grease from skillet. Add
diced shallots & saute over medium heat 3-4
minutes until translucent & soft. Add shredded
zucchini – turn heat to High. Season with salt/
pepper & cook 3-5 more minutes, stirring
occasionally. Combine flour, baking powder &
salt in small bowl. In separate bowl, beat eggs
until fluffy (2-3 minutes). Whisk in Greek
yogurt until combined & smooth. Add in
grated cheese, flour mixture, bacon &
zucchini mixture – stir until combined. Pour
filling into hash brown crust & bake 35-40
minutes until center is set, top is puffed &
golden brown and a toothpick inserted into
center comes out clean. Let stand several
minutes before removing from pan & serving.
Can also be eaten at room temperature or
chilled. Serves 8

(recipe: momontimeout.com)
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Zucchini Pancakes

2 medium zucchini, about 3/4 lb.
2 T. grated red onion
2 extra-large eggs, lightly beaten
6-8 T. flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
unsalted butter
vegetable oil

Preheat oven 300 degrees F.
Grate zucchini into a bowl using
large grating side of a box grater.
Immediately stir in onion & eggs.
Stir in 6 T. flour, baking powder,
salt & pepper. (if batter gets too
thin from zucchini liquid, add remaining
2 T. flour). Heat a large (10-12 inch)
sauce pan over medium heat &
melt 1/2 T. butter & 1/2 T. veg. oil
in pan. When butter is hot but not
smoking, lower heat to medium-low
& drop heaping soup spoons of
batter into pan. Cook pancakes
about 2 minutes on each side until
browned. Place cooked pancakes
on a sheet pan & keep warm in oven.
Wipe out pan with a dry paper towel;
add more butter & oil to pan &
continue to fry pancakes until all
batter is used. Pancakes can stay
warm in oven up to 30 minutes.
Serve hot. Makes 10 (3 inch) pancakes

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Crockpot Crustless Pizza
NOTE: poster used a 5-6 qt.
crockpot

2 lb. ground beef
garlic salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
dried minced onion, to taste
1 (14 oz) jar pizza sauce
2 C. shredded pizza-blend cheese
PLUS
your favorite pizza toppings

Spray insides of crockpot with
nonstick cooking spray.
Brown beef & season in a skillet
over medium-high heat; drain. Place
beef & cheese in a bowl & mix to
combine. Evenly spread beef mixture
in crockpot & pour pizza sauce on top –
spread out evenly. Top with pizza cheese &
toppings. Cover & cook on Low around
4 hours. Serves 8-10

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Roasted Acorn Squash Soup

3 acorn squash
2 T. olive oil, divided
salt, to taste
black pepper, to taste
6 cloves garlic, peeled/left whole
3 slices thick-cut bacon, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
4 C. chicken broth
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground sage
1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp. allspice
1 C. heavy cream
1 T. Worcestershire sauce
1 T. red wine vinegar

Optional garnishes:
shredded Parmesan cheese
roasted pumpkin seeds
fresh parsley, chopped
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Preheat oven 400 degrees
Spray a baking sheet with nonstick
cooking spray. Slice each squash length-
wise end-to-end; scrape seeds out-
discard seeds. Drizzle 1 T. oil over sqaush &
season to taste with salt/pepper. Place each
half cut-side down on sheet. Wrap garlic in
foil & place on sheet. Roast 1 hour until
softened & beginning to collapse. Remove &
set aside to cool.
When cool enough to handle, scrape flesh
from rinds & add flesh to large bowl along
with garlic cloves. Place a Dutch oven or soup
pot over medium-high heat – add diced bacon &
saute until crispy, about 5 minutes. Remove
bacon from pan & place on paper towel to drain.
Remove bacon fat from pan, leaving about 1 T.
in pot – return to heat. Add onion & cook 3 minutes
until translucent. Add broth, a little at a time,
scraping up any brown bits on bottom of pot. Add
squash, garlic, ginger, sage, cayenne & allspice –
bring to boil; simmer 5 minutes. Puree soup in a
blender in small batches (or use immersion blender).
NOTE: If using blender, do not fill blender more than
half full – hot soup can blow the lid off if you put
too much in. Return soup to pot; stir in cream,
Worsch. sauce & vinegar – bring to a simmer. Add
salt/pepper & taste. Serve with your choice of
garnishes. Serves 12

(recipe: everydaydishes.com)
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Quick Mushroom Chicken Bake

1 1/4 lb. skinless boneless chicken breast
halves
1 tsp. lemon pepper seasoning
1 T. vegetable oil
1 (10.5 oz) can cream of mushroom soup
1 (4 oz) can sliced mushrooms, drained
2/3 C. milk
1/2 C. grated Parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/8 tsp. black pepper
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3 C. hot, cooked white rice/pasta or
mashed potatoes
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Season chicken with lemon pepper.
Heat oil in 10-inch skillet & add chicken.
Cook 10 minutes until well browned on
both sides. Place chicken in a 2-quart
baking dish. Stir soup, mushrooms, milk,
cheese & garlic in a small bowl. Season
with black pepper & pour mixture over
chicken. Bake 30 minutes until chicken
is cooked through. Serve chicken & sauce
with rice. Serves 4

(recipe: campbells.com)
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Cookie Dough Dip

1/2 C. butter, softened
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 tsp. milk or cream
1/2 C. brown sugar
1/4 C. powdered sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1 C. mini chocolate chips
plus more for garnish

Dippers:
vanilla wafers
graham crackers
shortbread cookies
pretzel sticks
strawberries

In a mixing bowl using elec.
beaters, place butter & cream
cheese – beat until smooth & creamy.
Add milk & beat until smooth. Add
brown sugar, powdered sugar &
vanilla – beat until smooth. Using
a spatula, fold in choc. chips &
spoon into a serving bowl. Top
with additionaly choc. chips &
serve. Serves 12

(recipe: dinneratthezoo.com)
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This is the middle of a VERY busy week; I’m tired/exhausted
but also extremely happy/honored at all that came about
with my knit groups.

Our weather is staying ‘Summer-like’ with temps in the
high 70’s, which is VERY nice.

Hope you have a GREAT ‘rest of the week’!

Hugs;

Pammie

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The Ups and Downs in a Day

Today is another ‘wrapping things up’ day – I knit for Crisis Pregnancy Center’s mobile unit and had 6 blankets ready for pick-up/delivery – the lovely lady who meets me to pick them up has been under a lot of pressure/stress lately with selling their house, moving and, recently, the death of her mother. I have been blessed by her, many times – this time she agreed to allow me to donate ‘their’ blankets to the Detroit Vet’s Baby shower coming up next Tuesday. I knew she was really stressed and didn’t want to add to it – this way the blankets go to a good cause.

Along with that I’ve started knitting for homeless or needy people – mostly scarves. I have 4 done, 1 man’s ‘loomed’ hat and another one almost done. Working on these, I tend to forget that it’s not one of my favorite ‘knits’ – I’ve decided that, sometimes, you just have to go with what’s comfortable for YOU! I will finish these and donate them – maybe, later on in the Fall/Winter I’ll take it up again – maybe . . .

Two of the scarves for donation

The completed baby blankets for Detroit Vets

Getting things together for next week’s Vet’s baby shower – trying to remember all the ‘little things’ like extra ink pens, extra small crochet hooks (to help place the name tags on the items), enough name tags for all the donated items, etc.

Another ‘fun thing’ – this Wednesday morning our Library Knit Group will be having a pot luck! One of our ladies suggested it to the head librarian and she set it up! This is a ‘first’ for us; I’m bringing BBQ’d pork & buns for sandwiches. I know we will be eating well because of all the items listed on the sign up sheet. (In case you wondered, I ‘cheated’ & went to Gordon Food Services for their frozen pulled pork – I’ll cook it before time, mix with Sweet Baby Ray’s Sweet Vidalia onion BBQ sauce & place it in my crockpot to keep warm – that should work!)

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Eclair Cake

Cake:
1 box chocolate graham crackers
2 (3 1/4 oz, ea) pkgs. instant vanilla
pudding mix
1 C. creamy peanut butter
3 1/2 C. milk
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed

Frosting:
1/2 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted
2 T. butter, melted
2 T. white corn syrup
1/2 C. powdered sugar
2-3 T. milk
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(optional garnish:
mini peanut butter cups)
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Cake:

Spray bottom of a 9 X 13″ baking dish
with nonstick cooking spray. Place one
layer of graham crackers on bottom,
breaking to completely cover bottom.
In a medium bowl mix pudding mix,
peanut butter & milk using an elec.
mixer – mix 2 minutes then fold in
Cool Whip. Spread half mixture on
top of first layer of crackers. Place a
second layer of crackers on top &
spoon remaining pudding mix on top.
Finish with third layer of crackers.

Prepare frosting ingredients & spread
on top of last layer of crackers, spreading
all the way to the edges. Refrigerate
overnight (so crackers become soft &
moist).
Optional garnish: mini peanut butter cups
Slice & serve

(recipe: 1krecipes.com)
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Zucchini Corn Risotto

4 T. butter
3 T. olive oil
1 lb. zucchini, sliced into quarter-inch
slices (cut large slices in half)
3 ears fresh corn, (2-3 C) removed
from cobs
1 C. diced sweet onion (like Vidalia)
1 T. fresh minced garlic
1 C. arborio rice
1/3 C. white wine (poster used Chardonnay)
2 1/2 to 2 3/4 C. chicken stock, hot
1/2 C. heavy cream (heated past room temp.
but not scorching hot)
3/4 C. fresh grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 C. fresh basil, chopped
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. kosher salt (if needed)

In 4-5 qt. heavy-bottomed pan, over medium
to medium-high heat, melt 1 T. butter in 1 T.
olive oil. Once hot, add half the zucchini & cook
without touching – for 2 minutes. Flip pieces over
& cook 2 more minutes then remove to a bowl.
Add another T. each of butter & oil – once hot,
cook second half of zucchini & remove to bowl.
Add another T. butter; once melted, add corn &
saute 2 minutes – place in bowl. Add remaining
butter & oil (once butter melts), add onions &
cook 2 minutes. Add garlic & cook 1 more minute.
Add rice & cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Add wine;
once evaporated, add 1 C. stock & half the cream.
Stir constantly; once the liquid has been absorbed,
ad 1/2 C. stock & remaining cream – stir until that
liquid has been absorbed. Add another 1/2 C. stock
& stir/cook until absorbed. Add another 1/2 C.
stock; once that has been evaporated, remove from
heat & test the rice. If it is cooked – do not add final
quarter C. stock – IF if still has some ‘chew’, stir in
last of the stock.Cover & leave off heat 5 minutes.
After 5 minutes, stir in Parm. cheese, basil & pepper.
Taste & decide if salt is needed. Stir in zucchini &
corn – serve. Serves 8

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Cherry Tomato Salad

4 C. cherry or grape tomatoes,
halved
2 C. fresh mozzarella balls, halved
1/4 C. red onion, minced
1/4 C. chopped fresh herbs, such as:
parsley, basil, chives, green onions,
oregano
1/4 C. olive oil
1 1/2 T. red wine vinegar
1/4 tsp. sugar
1/4 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
salt/pepper, to taste

Place tomatoes, mozz. balls, red onion
& herbs in a large bowl. In small bowl
whisk olive oil, red wine vinegar, sugar,
oregano, garlic powder & salt/pepper.
Pour dressing over tomato mixture &
gently toss to coat evenly. Serves 6

(recipe: dinenratthezoo.com)
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Creamy Zucchini/Spinach Pasta Bake

3 C. cavatappi pasta, uncooked
1 onion, chopped
2 zucchini, cut lengthwise in half,
then sliced crosswise
1 C. sliced fresh mushrooms
1 (6 oz) pkg. baby spinach leaves
1 (24 oz) jar (Classico) Marinara with
plum tomatoes & olive oil pasta sauce
1 (15 oz) tub ricotta cheese
1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning
1 (8 oz) pkg. shredded mozzarella
cheese, divided

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
Cook pasta as directed on pkg,
omitting salt. In large skillet cook
& stir onions over medium heat
3-4 minutes until crisp-tender. Add
zucchini & mushrooms, cook 3-4
minutes until zucchini is crisp-
tender, stirring frequently. Add
half the spinach; cook 2-3 minutes
until just wilted – repeat with
remaining spinach; remove from
heat.
Drain pasta; add to veg. mixture in
skillet along with pasta sauce, ricotta,
Ital. seasoning & 1 C. mozzarella – mix
lightly. Spoon mixture into prepared
pan & top with remaining mozzarella.
Bake 20-25 minutes until casserole is
heated through & mozzarella is melted.
Serves 12

(recipe: myfoodandfamily.com)
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Southern Bacon-fried Cabbage

6 slices bacon, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 large head cabbage, cored/chopped
2 tsp. seasoned salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Cook bacon in large skillet over meidum-
high heat until crisp. Remove bacon to
paper towel-lined plate. Reserve 2 T.
bacon grease & discard rest. In same skillet
with reserved 2 T. grease, cook onion until
soft (about 4 minutes) on medium-high heat.
Add garlic & cook 1 more minute. Stir in
cabbage & continue to cook & stir 4-5 minutes.
Add salt/pepper, onion & garlic powders –
mix well. Reduce heat to Low, cover & allow
to simmer, stirring occasionally, about 30
minutes. Just before serving mix bacon into
cooked cabbage. Serve immediately.
Serves 6

(recipe: lovebakesgoodcakes.com)
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Crockpot Meatball Parmesan (low carb)
(makes 24 meatballs)

2 lb. lean ground beef
1/2 C. marinara sauce
2 T. dried minced onion (or freeze-
dried shallots)
2 tsp. minced garlic (or freeze dried)
1 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
3/4 C. shredded Parmesan cheese
2 eggs
salt/pepper, to taste

Additional marinara & shredded
mozzarella, to taste
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Spray crockpot with nonstick cooking
spray. In large bowl mix marinara sauce
with meat, onion, garlic, Parm. cheese,
eggs & seasonings. Form mixture into
24 meatballs & place in crockpot, stacking
lightly, if necessary. Cover & cook on High
2-3 hours until meatballs are cooked through.
Remove meatballs from crockpot & set
aside any you would like to freeze.

To serve:
Toss meatballs in additional marinara &
place over your favorite cooked pasta –
top with cheese.

To freeze:
Place meatballs in a single layer on a
cookie sheet & freeze a few hours then
transfer to a freezer bag.

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Lazy Day Lasagna

1 lb. dry lasagna noodles
1 lb. lean ground beef (or half
beef/half pork), browned/drained
1 (24 oz) jar marinara OR pasta
sauce
2/3 C. water
1 (15 oz.) tub ricotta or cottage
cheese
12 oz. shredded mozzarella
cheese, divided
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
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Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray 9 X 13″ baking pan with
nonstick cooking spray
Spread 2/3 rds of sauce on
bottom of pan; top with dry
lasagna noodles (you can break
some to fit). Pour remaining sauce
into pan with browned meat (add
water to jar, cover with lid, shake
& pour into skillet) – stir in. Simmer
5 minutes. Scatter about 1/3 of
ricotta cheese on top of noodles in
pan; sprinkle about 3 oz. shredded
mozz. cheese on top & top with
about 1/3rd of meat sauce. Add
another layer noodles & press down
slightly. Repeat with ricotta/mozz.
cheese & meat sauce  – TWO more
times. Top with remaining mozz.
cheese & sprinkle top with Italian
seasoning. Cover tightly with foil &
bake 45 minutes until noodles are
fork-tender. (The additional water &
steam created by covering with foil
will cook the noodles). Remove foil
& bake another 7-8 minutes until
cheese is bubbly. Remove from oven
& let rest at least 15 minute before
serving. Serves 8

(recipe: momonttimeout.com)
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NO-Bake Cherry Cookies

2 C. sugar
1/2 C. butter, cubed
6 T. 2% milk
3 T. baking cocoa
1 C. peanut butter
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. almond extract
3 C. quick-cooking oats
1 (10 oz) jar maraschino cherries,
well drained/finely chopped
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Spread several sheets of waxed
paper on the counter (for later).
In large saucepan combine sugar, butter,
milk & cocoa – bring to boil, stirring
constantly – cook & stir 3 minutes.
Remove from heat; stir in peanut
butter & extracts until blended. Stir
in oats & cherries. Drop by Tablespoonfuls
onto waxed paper. Refrigerate until set.
Makes about 5 1/2 dozen.
Store in air-tight containers.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)

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Our weather has been kind of hard to predict
lately – today it’s really chilly (to me, anyway) –
right now it’s 68 degrees F., cloudy and gray. The
strange thing is: this WEDS. it’s supposed to get
up to 84 degrees F! (then showers likely) – sigh.
Looks like Weds. night-Friday is showers &
thunderstorms – oh, great . . . sigh.

Hope you are having a GREAT start to your
week!

Hugs;

Pammie

Another Busy Week – sigh . . .

At the beginning of this week I was thinking/hoping I’d only have 1 day of babysitting – boy, was I wrong! So far it’s been 2 (and one was almost 9 hours long) – just got the request for tomorrow (Saturday – I’m usually free from sitting on the weekends) and it’s 3 p.m. – 8/9 p.m. Don’t get me wrong, I love my little 2 1/2 yr old grandson but BOY IS HE FULL OF ENERGY! I was with him yesterday from 10:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m. and finally I just couldn’t stand to hear any more KIDDIE TV so I shut it off (he wasn’t happy, but OH WELL . . . ). He did well playing by himself while I knit (as usual). My brain can only hold so much squeeky little voices with ridiculous program premises! I DID get to finish one baby blanket and knit 2 3/4ths pairs of baby booties (finished the other one today) so all was not wasted time. The shades of brown/black men’s scarf I started knitting I decided I’d hold off on until Fall/Winter – it’s a real strain on my fingers and it’s not really ‘needed’ until then, so I feel good about that decision. Haven’t taken up another blanket pattern just yet – I’ll know when I’m feeling ‘inspired’ . . . hehehe.

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Peach Bread

4 T. softened butter
1/2 C. granulated sugar
1/2 C. brown sugar
2 eggs
1/3 C. milk (whole)
1/2 tsp. almond extract
2 C. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 T. baking powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground allspice
1 1/2 C. peaches, peeled/chopped
1/2 C. chopped pecans

Glaze:
1 single ripe peach peeled/pit removed
1 C. powdered sugar
1 T. melted butter
1/4 tsp. almond extract

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Butter & flour a standard loaf pan.
In large bowl (or using stand mixer
w/paddle attachment) beat butter
until smooth, then add both sugars
& beat to combine. Add 1 egg at a time
& beat; then add milk & extract – beat
again. In separate medium bowl whisk
flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg
& allspice. Stir dry ingredients into wet.
Fold in peaches & nuts – scrape into
prepared loaf pan. Bake 55-60 minutes
until a toothpick inserted into center
comes out clean & top bounces back
when touched. (If you take it out too
early the center will sink as it cools).

While bread is baking, puree 1 peach using
an immersion blender (or put in a blender
& puree) – puree just until peach is in small
pieces, about rice sized. In a medium bowl
mix powdered sugar with melted butter &
extract then add in pureed peach. If mixture
is too runny, add more powdered sugar-it
should pour out of bowl when tipped but
not be watery.
Cool bread on a wire rack until room temp
then cover with half the glaze. Dust top
with powdered sugar.

To serve:
Slice loaf into 8, 10 or 12 slices then top
each piece with remaining glaze as you
serve. Makes 1 loaf

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Roasted Zucchini in Oven

1 large zucchini, cut into chunks
3-4 medium red potatoes, cut into
chunks (poster doesn’t peel hers)
2 large carrots, scraped & cut into
pieces
1 lb. smoked sausage, cut into
pieces
1 onion, quartered (optional)
3 T. olive oil
2 T. butter, melted (optional)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
2 T. chopped fresh basil (or 2 tsp
dried)
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. salt

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Cover a large baking sheet with foil &
spray with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large microwave bowl place
potatoes & carrots – microwave on
HIgh 5 minutes. In another large
bowl whisk together olive oil, melted
butter, garlic powder, basil, bl. pepper &
salt. Add microwaved potatoes & carrots,
zucchini, onion & sausage to olive oil
mixture & toss to coat. Spread all veggies
on baking sheet & bake 25-30 minutes.
Serves 6-8.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Dill Pickle, Bacon, Ranch Pasta Salad

12 oz. pasta, cooked al dente, drained/
cooled
1 lb. thick-cut hickory smoked bacon,
cooked crisp & cut into bite-sized pieces
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 large orange bell pepper, seeded,
cut into bite-sized pieces
1 C. diced red onion
1 (16 oz) jar dill pickles, diced – reserve
2 T. pickle juice
1 (7 oz) bag (1 1/2 C.) Italian mix large-
shred cheese (poster used Sargento
4-cheese Italian)
1 C. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 C. ranch salad dressing
2 T. pickle juice (that you reserved)

In large bowl combine cooked/cooled pasta,
bacon, tomatoes, bell pepper, onion, diced/
drained pickles, Italian cheese blend & Parmesan
cheese – toss well.
In a 2-Cup measuring cup measure out 1 1/2 C.
Ranch dressing & stir in the 2 T. pickle juice –
stir well then pour over past mixture – toss
to combine. Cover, chill then serve.
Serves 10-12

(recipe: afamilyfeast.com)
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Tomato/Zucchini/Mozzarella Bake

2 zucchini, sliced into 1/2″ rounds
1 large tomato, cut into 1″ cubes
1 C. shredded mozzarella cheese
2 T. fresh parsley
2 T. olive oil
salt/pepper, to taste

Bread crumb topping:
1/4 C. Italian bread crumbs
1/4 C. Panko (Japanese-style) bread
crumbs
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. olive oil

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a casserole dish (11″ X 8″)
or similar size with nonstick
cooking spray & layer zucchini slices,
tomato chunks, parsley, salt/pepper.
Add shredded mozz. cheese.
Prepare topping:

Topping:
In a bowl add all topping ingredients
& stir until well combined. Sprinkle
topping over casserole. Cover with foil
& bake 30 minutes. Remove foil &
bake another 10 minutes so topping
can brown. Serves 4

(recipe: noplatelikehome.com)
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Baked Lemon Pepper Garlic Chicken

4 boneless chicken breasts
1/2 C. butter (1 stick), melted
2 heaping T. minced garlic
3 T. lemon juice
1/2 C. Italian bread crumbs
1/2 C. fresh ground Parmesan cheese
3/4 tsp. thyme (important)
1/2 tsp. lemon pepper

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Place butter in a 9 X 13″ baking dish
& place in oven to melt butter. Add garlic,
thyme & lemon juice – mix well. In
a large ziplock bag mix bread
crumbs & Parmesan – place chicken
in bag & shake to coat (save extra
crumbs). Add garlic, thyme & lemon
juice to melted butter & mix well.
Lay each chicken breast in prepared
baking dish with melted butter. Turn
chicken over to coat both sides with
melted butter then place in bag to
bread again. Place chicken in baking
dish & sprinkle tops with any leftover
breading. Sprinkle some lemon pepper
on top. Bake 40 minutes. Spoon some
of liquid from pan over top of cooked
chicken. Serves 4

(recipe: copykat.com)
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Sheet Pan Taco Nachos

Taco Meat:
1 lb. ground beef
1/3 C. chopped onion
1 tsp. minced garlic
salt/pepper, to taste
2 T. taco seasoning (dry)
1 (14.5 oz) can Mexican-stewed
tomatoes (undrained)
1/2 tsp. sugar

Nachos:
1 (11 oz) bag tortilla chips
3-4 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 pint grape (or cherry) tomatoes,
halved
2 green onions, chopped
1/4 C. chopped cilantro

Creamy Drizzle:
1/4 C. sour cream
1/4 C. mayonnaise
1 T. taco seasoning
1 T. lime juice (bottled is fine)
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Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Heat large, deep skillet over medium-
high heat – add gr. beef, onions, garlic,
salt/pepper & taco seasoning. Cook until
meat is browned & onions are translucent.
(Drain) Add stewed tomatoes & sugar; stir &
reduce heat to simmer – cook 5-10 minutes.
Line 2 sheet pans with foil & spray each with
nonstick cooking spray. Spread half of tortilla
chips into each pan & divide meat & cheese
equally into pans, sprinkling over chips. Bake
3-5 minutes until cheese is melted.
While cheese is melting, combine all Drizzle
ingredients & mix until smooth.
When pans are cooked, sprinkle tops with
sliced tomatoes, gr. onions & cilantro. Drizzle
creamy sauce over top & serve immediately.
Serves 6-8

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Fresh Blueberry Pie

3 C. blueberries
1 T. butter
3 T. cornstarch
1 tsp. lemon juice
3/4 C. water
1 C. sugar
1 dash salt
1 (9 inch) pie crust

Sweetened whipped cream –
optional garnish

In a saucepan bring 1 C. blueberries
& water to a boil – boil gently 4 minutes.
Add butter & stir in sugar, cornstarch &
salt. Cook slowly, stirring, until thick &
clear. Remove from heat & add lemon
juice. Pour mixture over remaining 2
C. blueberries in medium bowl, stir
gently to combine – pour mixture into
pie crust. Serve chilled or at room
temperature with a dollop of sweetened
whipped cream. Makes 1 pie

(recipe: food.com)

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Our weather has been nice for August: in the 70-80’s
with some rain, but usually at night. Today I went out
shopping and it was (only) 70 but sunny – made me
think of the fact that pretty soon we will be getting
out our sweaters and light jackets – Fall is on the way
(sigh). I can also tell that by looking at my calendar:
the days are rapidly being filled in with events; fun
events in most cases, but more ‘things to do’.

Hope you are enjoying these last fleeting days of
warm weather. Remember to get a little rest or
do something nice for yourself (like a cup of coffee
you usually wouldn’t get, or a muffin, or buy that
book you’ve been looking at – you get my drift).
(I stopped by Tim Horton’s yesterday before the
marathon sitting job & got myself a “Triple Berry
Explosion” muffin which had been recommended
to me by one of their ladies the last time I was
there ordering (my favorite) blueberry muffin –
she said: “You really should try this one – it’s
FULL of different berry flavors!” – so I did. It was
moist & tasty but I still like blueberry best!

Enjoy your day;

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: Our gas prices (for regular) have been hovering at
$2.69/$2.79 for weeks. Fortunately I had KROGER GAS
POINTS, so got 30 cents off per gallon today (from $2.79/9
down to $2.49.9 -YAY!)

 

 

Another GREAT Summer Day!

It’s another really NICE day here – sunny skies, slight breeze, temperature at 77 degrees F. and I saw our BUNNY in the back yard this morning – YAY! Got up kind of early, worked on both baby blankets – really want to finish BOTH by the pick-up date of Sept. 17th – we’ll see. Spent some time photographing my blankets (6) and all of the really beautiful things my friend Liz created to donate. She’s from Scotland and does GORGEOUS knitting – she knit up several baby sets (hat, booties, sweater), plus 3 extra sweaters, 2 prs. mittens, 6 prs. booties – I love seeing her projects. She’ll be out of country for the pick-up so she gave them to me to hold on to. The night of the pick up is REALLY hectic for me – everyone is coming in with their finished donations – I have to make sure each item is tagged (the ladies at the Vets want to know who knit/crocheted each thing so we put on tags with our first names on them), then photographed to be posted to our web site for those who weren’t able to attend for the pick up. Rarely do I take any knitting projects on that night because when it’s all done-I’m exhausted! I’m really proud of my ladies for all their kindness and donations – it makes me really happy that we are able to give-back to the wives of those in the military.

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No-Bake Twinkie Cake

1 box Hostess Twinkies
4 bananas, peeled/sliced
1 (20 oz) can crushed pineapple, drained
well
1 (3 oz) pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix
2 C. cold milk
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed

Toppings:
maraschino cherries
chopped nuts
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Remove Twinkies from wrappers (you
will use about 7 Twinkies) & slice
in half lengthwise. Place halves into
a 9 X 13″ baking dish, cream sides up.
Layer sliced bananas on top then spread
drained crushed pineapple on top.
In a bowl combine instant pudding mix
with 2 C. cold milk – whisk until combined
& starts to thicken slightly (3-5 minutes).
(Needs to still be pourable). Pour pudding
over pineapple & spread out evenly. Layer
with Cool Whip & spread evenly. Drain a
few maraschino cherries on a paper towel.
Sprinkle top of cake with chopped nuts then
place cherries on top. Cover & refrigerate
1 hour before serving. Serves 12

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)
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9-Layer Summer Salad

1 (16 oz.) bagged salad mix
1 bundle radishes, cleaned/
trimmed/diced
1 small purple onion, diced
1 (6 oz) pkg. frozen peas
1 (6 oz) pkg. shredded cheese of
your choice
1 (10 oz) pkg. cherry tomatoes,
either whole or halved
1 (16 oz) pkg. baby corn, diced
1 (4 oz) container bacon bits
1 (16 oz) jar artichokes, drained/
diced

NOTE: if you want the full effect of
this beautiful salad – prepare in a
clear bowl.

Place 1-2 handfuls salad mix in bottom
of bowl. Layer sliced radishes on top in
a ring around inside of bowl leaving a gap
in the middle to place more lettuce. Add
diced onion in a ring, more lettuce. A ring
of frozen peas & then cheese – fill gap with
more lettuce. A ring of tomatoes all across
top of bowl. Next baby corn, then artichokes-
both of these layers go all across top of layer.
Last add bacon bits sprinkled on top.

(recipe: heavenlysavings.net)
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Red Potato Salad

1 1/2 lb. baby red potatoes, cut into quarters
8 slices bacon, cooked/crumbled
6 hard-boiled eggs, sliced
1 C. white onion, diced
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp. garlic salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 C. mayonnaise
1 C. plain Greek yogurt
paprika – garnish
chopped fresh parsley – garnish

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Place cut potatoes on a baking sheet
lined with parchment paper – bake
30 minutes. Remove from oven & cool
10-15 minutes. Place crumbled bacon (
reserve a little for garnish), eggs, onion,
dry mustard, garlic salt, pepper & roasted
potatoes in large mixing bowl – stir to
combine.

Dressing:

In small bowl whisk mayo. & plain Greek
yogurt – pour over top of salad & gently
stir to coat. Top with reserved bacon, paprika
& diced parsley. Cover & refrigerate until
ready to serve. Serves 8

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)
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Bacon-wrapped Scallops

2 lb. bacon (regular, not thick),
sliced & cut in half
2 lb. sea scallops (if very large,
cut in half
3 T. butter
1 T. minced garlic
1/3 C. chicken broth

Wrap a piece of bacon around each
scallop & secure with a toothpick.
Arrange wrapped scallops on a
baking sheet. Broil 5 inches from
heat 3 minutes per side until bacon
is crisp. In small skillet melt butter.
Add garlic & saute 1 minute. Add
broth & bring to a boil; cook 2
minutes. Place cooked scallops in
a large bowl & pour broth over –
gently toss to coat. Makes 40

(recipe: geniuskitchen.com)
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Ham Salad

6 C. ham, coarsely ground
4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
1 C. celery, finely chopped
1/2 C. onion, finely chopped
1/2 C. sweet pickle relish
1 C. mayonnaise
4 T. Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. dried basil

In large bowl combine all ingredients –
mix well.
MAKES 1/2 GALLON!

(recipe: thesoutherladycooks.com)
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Crockpot Apricot Chicken

6 frozen skinless/boneless chicken breasts
(not thawed)
1 pkg. dry onion soup mix
1/2 C. Russian or French salad dressing
1 C. apricot preserves or jam
2 T. apple cider vinegar (or fresh lime or
lemon juice)
1 tsp. dried basil or thyme leaves
1/8 tsp. black pepper
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Cooked rice, pasta or mashed
potatoes to serve 6
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In bottom of 4 qt crockpot arrange frozen
chicken pieces. Mix dry onion soup  mix,
salad dressing, apricot preserves/jam,
apple cider vinegar, dried herb & pepper
in medium bowl – stir well with a whisk to
combine & pour over chicken. Cover & cook
on Low 6-8 hours until chicken is cooked to
160 degrees F. on a meat thermometer & is
tender when pierced with a fork.

NOTE: If you like you can thicken mixture
before serving by combining 2 t. cornstarch
with 3 T. water or chicken stock in a small
bowl – mix using a whisk until smooth &
add to crockpot – stir & turn heat to High
10-15 minutes until sauce is thickened.
Serve with cooked rice, pasta or mashed
potatoes. Serves 6

(recipe: thespruceeats.com)
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Red Lobster’s Cheese (Biscuit) Loaf

3 C. flour
1 T. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
1/8 tsp. black pepper
4 oz. Cheddar cheese, cut into
1/4 inch cubes
1 1/4 C. milk
3/4 C. sour cream
3 T. butter, melted
1 egg, lightly beaten

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 5″ loaf pan with
nonstick cooking spray. In a bowl
whisk first 5 ingredients. Carefully
stir in cheese cubes until covered
in flour mixture (this helps the cheese
from sinking to the bottom of the loaf).
In a different bowl, whisk remaining
ingredients. Fold wet mixture into flour
& cheese mixture. Stir until just
combined – do not over stir. Spread
mixture into prepared loaf pan & bake
45-50 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes
then remove from pan & allow to cool
on a wire rack 1 hour before slicing.
Makes 1 loaf.

(recipe: 1Krecipes.com)
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Triple Berry Salad w/Vanilla Syrup

6-8 C. fresh berries (strawberries, blueberries
& raspberries) Rinsed/hulled & large berries
cut into 2-3 slices.
1/4 C. granulated sugar
1/4 C. water
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Place sugar & water in a small saucepan
over medium heat. Bring just to simmer;
stir until sugar is dissolved. Remove from
heat & cool 5 minutes. Stir in vanilla extract.
Chill completely in fridge.

Place berries in a large bowl. Just before
serving, drizzle syrup over berries & toss
gently to coat. (You may not need all of
the syrup.)

(recipe: thekitchenismyplayground.com)

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Hope it’s a NICE day for you, too!

Hugs;

Pammie

and we have BUNNIES – again!

Every Spring I look forward to seeing if I can spot our bunnies – these are wild bunnies that (usually) live in our yard in a space that used to be a garden – lots of wild blackberry bushes have taken over the area so they are well protected from predators. I saw one this morning – looking all fat & healthy (probably an adult) – just seeing them makes me happy.

Our weather has been really nice – yesterday it was SUPER sunny and got up to 71 degrees F. – YAY!!! (the rest of the week our forecast is for rain, but hey – we need that for the flowers, right?)

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I missed posting Cinco de Mayo recipes – so here’s a few, anyway

Double-Lemon Cheesecake Bars

52 Vanilla wafers, finely crushed,
about 2 C.
3 T. butter or marg., melted
4 eggs, divided
4 (8 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese,
softened
1 3/4 C. sugar, divided
3 T. flour
1 T. lemon zest AND
1/3 C. lemon juice (from 2 lemons),
divided
1/2 tsp. vanilla
2 T. cornstarch
1/2 C. water

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Line a 9 X 13″ baking dish with foil – ends
extending over sides (to use as handles).
In a bowl mix wafer crumbs & butter until
blended. Press onto bottom of pan & bake
10 minutes. Separate 1 egg; refrigerate yolk
until ready to use. Beat cream cheese, 1 C.
sugar, flour, lemon zest, 2 T. lemon juice &
vanilla in large bowl with elec. mixer until
blended. Add egg white & remaining 3 whole
eggs, one at a time, mixing on Low speed after
each – just until blended – pour over crust.
Bake 40 minutes until center is almost set.
Cool 1 hour & refrigerate 4 hours.
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Mix cornstarch & remaining sugar in medium
saucepan; gradually stir in water & remaining
lemon juice just until blended. Bring just to a
boil on medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook
& stir until clear & thickened. Lightly beat reserved
egg yolk in small bowl with fork until blended.
Stir in 2 T. hot cornstarch mixture & return to
remaining cornstarch mixture in saucepan; stir
until blended. Cook 1 minute until thickened,
stirring constantly. Cool slightly.
Spoon lemon glaze over cheesecake. Refrigerate
1 hour until firm. Using foil as handles, remove
cheesecake from pan before cutting to serve.
Makes 16

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Crockpot Mexican Taco Casserole

1 lb. ground beef or turkey
1/2 onion, chopped (optional)
1 C. corn
1 can black beans, drained/rinsed
1 can diced tomatoes w/green chilies (aka: Rotel)
1/2 envelope dry taco seasoning
garlic salt, to taste
2 C. cooked rice (poster used brown rice)
8 oz. shredded cheese (poster used Cheddar)

In skillet brown meat; add onions, taco seasoning,
tomatoes, beans & corn – stir to combine.
Spray insides of crockpot with nonstick cooking
spray. Spread cooked rice on bottom of crockpot &
sprinkle with garlic salt. Spoon meat mixture over
rice & top with cheese. Cover & cook on High
2-3 hours. Serves 10

NOTE: for some crunch, add crushed tortilla
chips on top before serving.

(recipe: eatingonadime.com)
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(this next recipe my son (the chef) makes for holidays – really tasty – he drizzles honey over the brie before wrapping then does the rest of steps – no jam)

Baked Brie w/Phyllo Dough & Jam
(appetizer)

6 sheets phyllo dough (14 X 18″ size)
1 stick (8 T.) butter, melted
1 lb. round brie cheese
4-6 T. preserves or jam (your choice;
suggestions: peach, strawberry, apricot)

crackers for serving
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Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Have on hand: a clean, dry dishcloth or
towel (needed to keep phyllo from drying
out).
Unroll phyllo & lay 1 sheet of dough onto a
large cutting board. Using a pastry brush,
brush dough with melted butter. Wrap phyllo
around brie (you can use more butter to get
folds to stick around brie). Brush next sheet
of phyllo with butter & place wrapped brie,
fold side down, in center of second phyllo
sheet – wrap around brie – repeat until you
have wrapped 5 sheets of phyllo around
cheese, always turning cheese over each
time so that folds are on the bottom.
Brush a generous amount of butter on 6th
sheet of phyllo. Spread jam across top of
wrapped brie – gently place phyllo over jam,
butter side down, being careful not to tear
the dough. Finish wrapping brie with dough,
folding edges underneath brie & using
additional butter, as needed, to smooth
phyllo folds around cheese. Brush additional
butter on top.
Place wrapped brie on a round baking pan or
cookie sheet. Bake 15 minutes until lightly
brown. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.
Serve with crackers for dipping.

(recipe:  afamilyfeast.com)
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1-Pot Mexican Chicken & Rice

5 chicken thighs, bone in/skin on
1 yellow onion, diced
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 T. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. kosher salt
1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 T. olive oil
1 C. white rice, uncooked
1 T. minced garlic
2 C. chicken stock
1 C. salsa
1/2 red bell pepper, minced
optional garnish: chopped parsley

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Heat cast iron skillet on High heat.
Season chicken with garlic powder,
chili powder, cumin, oregano, paprika,
salt & cayenne pepper. Place chicken,
skin sides down, in skillet & cook
4-5 minutes until browned – flip &
cook 3-4 minutes on other sides.
EITHER: remove chicken to a plate,
(OR) push chicken to sides of skillet:
Add olive oil & heat to medium-high.
Add onions & cook 3-4 minutes. Once
onions are mostly cooked, add garlic &
cook 30 seconds while stirring. Add
uncooked rice, salsa & bell pepper –
cook 1 minute unitl boiling. Pour in
chicken stock & place chicken back in
skillet, skin sides up. Cover & bake
35-40 minutes. Serves 5

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Cheesy Beef Enchiladas

8 corn or flour tortillas
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 C. chopped onion
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 (4 oz) can fire-roasted chopped
green chiles, drained
1 (15.5 oz) can black beans, drained/
rinsed
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. salt
about 3 C. enchilada sauce, divided
2 C. shredded Mexican-style 4-blend cheese
(or whatever cheese you like)
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Toppings:
chopped green onions
chopped tomatoes
fresh chopped parsley
sour cream
sliced black olives

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Brown ground beef & onion in skillet;
drain. Add chopped garlic, green chilies,
black beans, cumin, pepper/salt & 1 1/4
C. enchilada sauce to ground beef. Stir &
cook on Low 8-10 minutes. Spread 3 T.
enchilada sauce evenly in bottom of a
9 X 13″ baking dish. Place stacked tortillas
on a microwave-safe plate & microwave
all 30 seconds to warm & make them
more pliable. Fill each tortilla with hamburg
mixture & place in baking dish. Pour 1 C.
enchilada sauce over tortillas & spread
evenly. Sprinkle 2 C. shredded cheese on
top evenly & bake 25 minutes. Garnish
with your favorite toppings.
Makes 4-6 servings

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Chicken Tortilla Dump Dinner

2 (10 oz, ea) cans diced tomatoes
with chilies (like RoTel)
1 C. chicken broth
1 T. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1 (15.5 oz) can black beans,
drained/rinsed
1 (10 oz) bag frozen corn
5 C. cooked/shredded chicken
(from small rotisserie chicken)
12 small corn tortillas, cut into
quarters
1 (8 oz) block Monterrey Jack
cheese, shredded (about 2 C.)
1/2 C. sour cream
1/3 C. diced red onion
1/3 C. loosely packed fresh
cilantro, chopped

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
Spray insides of 9 X 13″ baking
dish with nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl stir diced tomatoes
with chilies, chicken broth, chili
powder, cumin & salt. Add black
beans, frozen corn, chicken, tortilla
wedges & half the cheese – stir to
evenly distribute & moisten all the
ingredients. Place in prepared dish
& spread evenly. Loosely cover
with foil & bake 25 minutes.

Raise oven temp. to 400 degrees F.
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Remove foil & sprinkle top with
remaining cheese. Bake until cheese
melts, about 10 minutes. Remove
from oven & top with dollops of
sour cream; sprinkle with red onion
& cilantro. Serve hot.
Serves  6-8

(recipe: foodnetwork.com)
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Crockpot Peaches ‘n Cream
Dump Cake

1 (21 oz) can peach pie filling
1 box white cake mix
1/2 C. butter, melted
8 oz. cream cheese
1/4 C. sugar

In a bowl mix cream cheese &
sugar until smooth. Pour pie
filling into bottom of crockpot
& smooth out. Top filling with
cream cheese mixture then
sprinkle dry cake mix on top.
Pour melted butter evenly
over top. Place 6-8 paper
towels between lid of crockpot
& lid (to help absorb moisture).
Cover & cook on High 1-2 hours.
Serves 4-6

(recipe: recipesthatcrock.com)
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Cherry Choc. Chip Cookies

1 C. (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 C. packed brown sugar
1/2 C. gran. sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 C. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
3/4 tsp. kosher salt
2 C. chocolate chips
3/4 C. chopped maraschino cherries

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment
paper. In large bowl using elec.
mixer, beat butter & sugars until light
& fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs &
vanilla – beat until combined. In another
bowl mix flour, baking soda & salt – stir into
wet ingredients then fold in choc. chips &
cherries. Using a large cookie scoop, scoop
cookies onto prepared baking sheets & bake
until set, 12-15 minutes. Makes 22 cookies

(recipe: delish.com)

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I need to brag a little on my husband – he’s
the kind of person who can fix or figure out
just about anything. My (3-4 yr old) cell phone
has been acting up lately: in middle of typing
a text I will suddenly lose the keyboard & am
unable to continue – or it will suddenly jump
to another screen totally – frustrating! We
were talking about me possibly getting a new
phone but I wanted to download all my photos
FIRST – well, that became almost impossible.
Enter my husband! It took him a good hour to
finally get the data transferred to my computer –
there were 2 photos that I really wanted to save
and (almost) no amount of fiddling with the data
would allow them to be transferred/saved. He
kept working at it and FINALLY succeeded – YAY!
(I’m still learning how to make a video using my
phone, but super cute 2 yr old grandson is making
that a ‘needed’ thing!) Managed to get him being
his usual crazy/funny self and wanted to save those,
too. All is well – we will be off to the phone store
in a little while – time to ‘teach an old “lady” new
tricks’ – right? (don’t know about you, but I DREAD
having to learn how to operate something digital/
new – sigh).

Hang in there!

Hugs;

Pammie

PS: Got a small reprieve on knitting baby booties –
my friend who’s been delivering them will not be
able to do so until end of the month, so I’m trying
to finish the yellow blanket (nice pattern, just boring
to knit). Also – stepped out of my comfort zone yesterday
and bought a hand-crank yarn ball winder.
I already have an electric one which drives me nuts –
never makes the yarn ‘balls’ tight – they are very loose
& almost fall apart right after using. New winder works
like a charm – YAY! Yep – even though I’m quickly
approaching 71, it’s never too late to learn something
new.

Relaxing on a Tuesday

Our weather has improved some (if you don’t look at the temperatures, that is) – it’s a bright, sunny CLEAR day out there! We had a BIG snowfall Sunday night  to Monday leaving our driveway almost impassable but then our neighbor’s new plow guy just happened to be out there plowing when middle son left to go to work. Plow guy asked if it was OK for him to plow directly around our semi-circle (instead of backing up numerous times) – son said “Sure!” so now our drive is really CLEAR of snow! YAY! Tonight is my knit group’s Yarn Swap and I’m thankful I didn’t have to babysit today; that said, I’ve been ‘lounging around’ by crocheting a border on a baby blanket for a friend who’s shower is in March. (It’s the last ‘multiple pinks’ blanket I knit – I have several blues & pinks baby blankets and once I found out she’s having a girl, decided that was the blanket to give her. Only one problem – it wasn’t very long so I decided to put a white crocheted border on it – and now a kind of scalloped fancy trim to boot. It looks really nice AND it’s bigger! Score! Still plan on knitting a hat & booties, perhaps a few head bands for her as well.

Just got my special needs group’s newsletter sent to the church for printing (YAY!) Tomorrow’s weather sounds really nasty: starting around 11 a.m.: snow/rain/freezing rain/then more rain before 4 pm, winds up to 24 mph. Not sure, yet, if we’re going to cancel my special needs group. I have Library Knit group 10-12 p.m., babysitting 2 – around 4, then special needs 7-8:15 p.m. so I’m taking my special needs group’s paperwork with me when I babysit JUST IN CASE I have to call everyone to cancel – ah, the FUN of a Michigan winter!

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Blueberry Fluff

12 oz. fresh blueberries, divided

2 T. sugar

1 T. cornstarch

3 T. water

3 C. Cool Whip (1 tub, thawed)

3 C. mini marshmallows

1/2 C. sliced almonds

In small bowl mix cornstarch & water.

Add blueberries, sugar & cornstarch

mixture to a small saucepan over

medium heat. Cook about 20 minutes

until sugar dissolves & blueberries

soften. Smash berries using a potato

masher to create a sauce (leaving

some big pieces). Set aside to cool

to room temp. In large bowl stir

Cool Whip, marshmallows, almonds,

remaining 6 oz. blueberries & sauce –

mix until combined. Serve in

individual bowls or cups & top with

extra berries & almonds, if desired.

Serves 8

 

NOTE: This can be made up ahead

up to 6 hours of serving time. Store

in airtight container in fridge.

 

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)

 


Creamy Tuscan Tortellini Soup

5 mild Italian sausages, grilled/or
cooked – cool then slice
2-3 T. olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2-3 tsp. minced garlic
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1 T. Italian seasoning
2 (15 oz, ea) cans white beans,
UNdrained or rinsed
1 (15 oz) can fire-roasted diced
tomatoes with garlic
1 (32 oz) carton chicken stock
1 (20 oz) pkg. refrigerated cheese
tortellini
1/2 C. heavy cream (or milk)
5 oz. fresh spinach (optional)

grated Parmesan cheese – garnish

In large pot over medium heat-
heat oil; add onion & cook, stirring,
about 5 minutes. Add minced garlic &
cook 1 minute – season with salt/pepper
& Ital. seasoning. Stir in white beans,
diced tomatoes & chicken stock – bring
to gentle boil. Add tortellini & sliced
sausages. Reduce heat to medium-low;
simmer 18-20 minutes until tortellini is
cooked. Stir in heavy cream – cook 5
more minutes. Stir in spinach (if using)
& cook 2-3 minutes until spinach wilts.
Taste for seasonings, if necessary.
Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.
Serves 12

(recipe: thecountrycook.net)
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5 Ingredient Bacon-wrapped Cream
Cheese Chicken

1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts cut
into 4 (4 oz ea) pieces (pound to about
1/4″ thick)
4 T. cream cheese
1/4 C. Pepper Jack cheese, shredded
2 T. chopped green onion
4-8 pieces bacon

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In a bowl mix cream cheese, chopped
green onion & Pepper Jack cheese –
place 1/4th of this mixture in middle
of each piece of chicken. Starting at
long side, roll chicken up, keeping
chicken mixture in middle. Wrap 1-2
slices bacon around chicken & secure
with a toothpick (if needed). Place
pieces on a rimmed baking sheet &
bake 30 minutes. Place chicken under
broiler about 5 minutes to fully brown
& crisp bacon. Turn each breast over &
broil another 3 minutes on other side
to crisp up bottom side. Serve immediately.
Serves 4

(recipe: praycookblog.com)
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Baked Crab Rangoon

1/8 tsp. garlic salt
1/8 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 small green onion
4 oz. imitation crab
3 oz. cream cheese, softened
14 wonton wrappers

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
In a bowl cut up the crab &
mix with garlic salt, Worc. sauce,
green onion & cream cheese.
Place wonton wrappers into
muffin cups & spoon mixture
into wrappers. Bake 8-10
minutes until golden brown.
Makes 14

(recipe: FB – Linda’s Kitchen)
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Chicken Bombs (appetizers)
GRILL or OVEN methods

5 boneless skinless chicken breasts
(makes 10 bombs)
5 jalapeno peppers, sliced in half, seeded
20 slices bacon
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 C. Colby Jack cheese, shredded
1 C. Barbecue sauce
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Preheat GRILL 350 degrees F.
(if using oven: preheat 375 degrees F.)

Slice chicken breasts in half (like a hamburger
bun); place between 2 sheets waxed paper &
lightly pound until 1/4″ thick – season with salt/
pepper. In a bowl mix both cheeses together &
spoon about 1 T. into each pepper half. Place
pepper (cheese sides down)on top of chicken
breasts & wrap up (as best you can). Wrap each
chicken breast completely with 2 slices bacon.
Start at one end & wrap half the breast; finish
second half with another slice of bacon.

Grill:
Place chicken on preheated grill over indirect
heat for 30 minutes until chicken is done. Turn
every 5 minutes & baste with BBQ sauce each
time you turn it.

Oven:
(SEE NOTE:)
Place chicken on a sprayed rimmed cookie sheet &
bake 30 minutes until chicken is done. Baste a few
times with BBQ sauce & finish under broiler to set
the BBQ sauce.
NOTE:  Poster suggests a 400 degrees F. oven and
NO BBQ sauce for first 20 minutes, turning once to
cook bacon. Reduce oven heat to 375, change pans
to loosen some of the bacon fat (if you don’t have
a broiler pan). Cover in BBQ sauce & finish baking.
Makes 10 ‘bombs’

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Oven Roasted Asparagus

1 bunch asparagus spears
3 T. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1 T. fresh squeezed lemon juice,
(optional)

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Remove woody ends of asparagus.
Place spears on a rimmed baking
sheet & drizzle olive oil over top.
Sprinkle with garlic, salt/pepper &
mix, using your hands; arrange in
single layer. Bake 10-15 minutes
until just tender, depending on
thickness of stalks.
If desired, sprinkle with lemon juice
just before serving. Serves 4

(recipe: lovebakesgoodcakes.com)
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Buttery Onion Soup

2 C. thinly sliced onions
1/2 C. butter, cubed
1/4 C. flour
2 C. chicken broth
2 C. milk
1/2 to 2 C. shredded mozzarella
cheese
salt/black pepper – to taste

croutons, optional
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In large saucepan cook onions in
butter over Low heat until tender &
transparent, about 20 minutes.
Stir in flour. Gradually add broth &
milk; cook & stir over medium heat
until bubbly. Cook & stir 1 minute
longer; reduce heat to Low. Add
cheese & stir constantly until
melted (do not boil). Season
with salt/pepper. Serve with
croutons, if desired. Serves 6

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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I’ve made these before – they’re YUMMY!

Potato Chip Cookies

2 C. (4 sticks) butter, softened
1 C. sugar
3 1/4 C. flour
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 C. coarsely crushed potato
chips

Preheat oven 300 degrees F.
In large bowl cream butter & sugar.
Slowly add flour & vanilla until well
blended – stir in potato chips & mix
well. Drop by rounded teaspoons
2 inches apart on ungreased cookie
sheets. Using a fork, flatten each
cookie. Bake 20-22 minutes until
light golden around edges. Let
stand 5 minutes then remove to
a wire rack to cool completely.
Makes 48 (4 dozen)

NOTE: After cooling you can sprinkle
tops of cookies with powdered sugar
or drizzle with melted chocolate.

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Hope you have a GREAT Day!

Hugs;

Pammie

Beginning to WARM UP! (Kinda)

Yesterday found me babysitting from 10:15 a.m – after 7 p.m. When I left my house it was -14 degrees F.! My poor car really struggled to get going in those temps. (Quick sidenote: Our new Governor of Michigan sent out texts to all cell phones asking that people drop their house heat to 68 degrees F. until Friday – I guess there was a fire at one of the gas plants which caused a loss of gas and, if people didn’t comply, there might be BROWN OUTS – scary stuff!). My son & his girlfriend complied – so that meant GRANDMA & GRANDSONS FROZE!!! I had on lots of layers but my ears, nose, fingers & toes were cold ALL DAY! We later learned that the gas drop was lifted – let me tell you BOY was I glad to get home last night! (My husband decided that the ‘text thing’ was all a bunch of malarkey so OUR house was warm.) Oh well – we survived!

Today was the first day this week I was actually able to GET OUT and do errands – YAY! Wednesday the news was telling people to stay inside because the temperatures were so cold AND the wind chills were really bad. (I wasn’t happy – didn’t go to Library Knit group OR special needs group). Tried to go to the library today but they were closed (probably due to temperatures – I didn’t get out of my car to read sign on the door – parking lot was totally empty).

Was happy to get ‘needed stuff’ at 2 drug stores, mailed 25 pairs of baby booties to the project I mentioned and grocery shopped. Dinner will be left over pork roast, carrots & potatoes which I threw in the crockpot yesterday before leaving to babysit. SO HAPPY I have a crockpot – it really helps sometimes!

LOTS of great soup & appetizer recipes coming in (for Super Bowl, I’m guessing). Some of the soup recipes I’m featuring today are for smaller amounts of people – found them on a nice site & thought NOT ALL of you feed 6-8 people, so maybe this was a good idea! ENJOY!

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 Turtle Cheesecake Dip

30 (unwrapped) caramels
2 1/4 C. Cool Whip, thawed,
divided
2 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
2 (8 oz, ea) pkgs. cream cheese, softened
1/2 C. chopped pecans, toasted

Suggested dippers:
graham crackers
vanilla cookies
shortbread cookies
pretzels
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In medium microwaveable bowl:
microwave caramels & 1/2 C. Cool Whip
on High 1 min 40 seconds, stirring after
1 minute. Stir until caramels are completely
melted & sauce is well blended. Cool
10 minutes. In small microwaveable bowl
microwave chocolate & 3/4 C. Cool Whip
1 minute, stirring after 30 seconds. Stir
until chocolate is completely y melted &
sauce is well blended. In another medium
bowl beat cream cheese using elec. mixer
until creamy. Add 2/3 C. caramel sauce –
beat until blended. Gently stir in remaining
1 C. Cool Whip. Spread cream cheese mixture
onto a serving plate. Drizzle top with chocolate
sauce & remaining caramel sauce. Sprinkle
top with nuts. Refrigerate 1 hour.
Makes 24 (2 T. each) servings.

(recipe: Kraftrecipes.com)
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Classic 30-Minute Chili

1 T. olive oil
1 lb. lean ground beef
3/4 C. chopped yellow onion
2 large cloves garlic, minced
3 T. chili powder
4 T. diced green chilies (from a can)
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
1 C. fire-roasted diced or crushed tomatoes
30 oz. beans, drained (poster uses 1 can ea:
kidney & pinto, drained/rinsed)
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Toppings:

corn chips
sour cream
shredded cheese
chopped green onions
cilantro
chopped jalapenos

In large pot over medium heat add 1 T.
olive oil & beef; saute, breaking up meat
into small pieces until it’s browned &
almost cooked through; drain. Add onions
& garlic – cook 5 minutes until onions have
softened. Add chili powder, green chilies,
tomato sauce, diced tomatoes & beans –
stir & bring to a simmer. Add 1-2 C. water
(depending on how thin you want it).
Simmer 10-15 minutes, partially covered.
Taste & add salt/pepper or more chili
powder, according to your taste preferences.
Serve hot with desired toppings.
Serves 4

(recipe: realhousemoms.com)
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Chicken & Corn Soup

2 C. (one 16 oz. can) chicken stock
1 C. finely chopped celery
1/2 C. chopped onion
2 cans cream-style corn
1 (12 oz) can evaporated skim milk
1 1/2 T. flour
1 C. cooked chicken (or 1 can cooked
chicken, drained)
1 tsp. dried parsley flakes
salt/pepper, to taste

In large stock pot combine stock, onion &
celery – bring to boil. Lower heat, cover &
simmer 15 minutes until vegetables are
tender. Stir in remaining ingredients &
season with salt/pepper; mix well. Simmer
10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Serves 6 (1 C. each)

(recipe: aroundmyfamilytable.com)
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Broccoli Cheese Soup

4 T. butter
1/2 onion, roughly chopped
2 1/2 T. flour
2 C. whole milk
1 C. chicken/vegetable stock
1 large head broccoli, roughly
chopped
1 1/2 C. grated cheese
(additional milk & cheese may
be needed)
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In large pot over medium heat melt
butter. Add onions & cook about
4 minutes. Stir in flour & cook 1-2
minutes. Pour in milk & broth; add
broccoli & season with a dash of salt/
pepper. Cover & reduce heat to Low.
Simmer on Low until broccoli is tender,
20-30 minutes. Puree soup in a blender,
in batches (or) use an immersion blender,
(or) use a potato masher. Stir in cheese &
allow to melt. Taste & adjust seasonings
if needed. Thin with additional milk to
desired consistency.  Makes 4-5 bowls.

NOTE: To make it a little heartier:
stir in some cooked, diced ham or
cooked, chopped chicken or turkey.
Serve with extra cheese & crackers

(recipe: aroundmyfamilytable.com)
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15 Minute White Chicken Chili

3 C. pre-cooked/shredded chicken
1 (32 oz) can chicken stock
2 (15 oz) cans white beans, drained
2 tsp. cumin
1 (16 oz) jar salsa (your choice of
how hot)
8 oz. shredded Pepper-Jack cheese
2 cloves garlic, minced
black pepper, to taste
1/2 C. tortilla chips (pieces)

Optional Toppings:
sour cream
grated/shredded cheese
chopped green onions
corn
sliced avocado
lime

Place first 8 ingredients in a large pot;
bring to boil over High heat. Reduce heat
to medium & simmer 10 minutes. Add
chips & let thicken to desired consistency.
Serve with optional toppings.

(recipe: aroundmyfamilytable.com)
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Baked Nachos (using crockpot)

1 lb. ground beef or turkey
1 can black beans, drained/rinsed
1 pkt. taco seasoning mix
1 green pepper, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 small onion, diced
1 jar of your favorite salsa (16 oz)

tortilla chips
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Toppings:
shredded Cheddar cheese
sliced olives
peeled/diced avocado
salsa
sour cream
cilantro
guacamole
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Brown meat, black beans & onion in
a skillet. Combine meat mixture & rest
of ingredients in a crockpot. Cover &
cook on Low 2-3 hours.

Turn oven broiler on
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If you’re making this for a group:
use a baking sheet covered in parchment
paper – spray paper with a little nonstick
cooking spray. Place tortilla chips on sheet.
Using a slotted spoon, spoon meat mixture
over chips & add your choice of toppings.
Broil in oven until cheese is melted & bubbly.
Remove from oven & let stand 1 minute then
drizzle sour cream on top & guacamole, if
using.

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Jalapeno Popper Egg Cups

12 strips bacon
8 large eggs
4 oz. shredded Cheddar cheese
3 oz. cream cheese
4 medium jalapeno peppers: 3 chopped,
/seeded & 1 seeded/ sliced into rings)
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. onion powder
salt/pepper, to taste

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In skillet par-cook bacon until semi crisp.
(save bacon grease in pan) In a bowl using
elec mixer, mix eggs, cream cheese, chopped
jalapeno, leftover bacon grease, garlic & onion
powders, salt/pepper. Spray wells of 12 muffin
cups with nonstick cooking spray then wrap bacon
slices inside each muffin tin (1 slice per cup)
Pour egg mixture into cups making sure you only
fill half-way to 2/3rds full (they will rise up a lot).
Sprinkle Cheddar cheese on top of each cup then
top with a jalapeno slice. Bake 20-25 minutes.
Once baked, remove from oven & let cool.
Makes 12

(recipe: yummly.com)
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Banana Pudding Fluff

1 (3.4 oz) box INSTANT vanilla or
banana pudding mix
1 C. milk
1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
3 C. mini marshmallows
3 C. Vanilla Wafers, broken into
pieces
3 medium bananas, sliced
1 mashed banana

In large bowl whisk dry pudding
mix & milk – let stand 3 minutes
to set. Stir in Cool Whip, then
marshmallows, cookies, sliced &
mashed bananas.

(recipe: facebook)

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Since I mentioned in my last post that I’d
finished several knitting projects, thought
I’d add the photos: first one is a LOOM-
KNIT
hat for my son’s friend. (It’s done
in black & a dark maroon – but the color
looks more magenta in the photo).
Second photo is the ‘shades of pinks’
baby blanket I knit to use up some
smaller bits of pink variegated yarns.

I think it’s funny how strange our weather
has been this past week (due to the Polar
Vortex, I’m told) from below zero with
SUPER COLD wind chills to a High of
49 degrees F. this coming Monday AND
rain! WEIRD!  Guess I can’t complain
too much – at least it isn’t TONS of SNOW!
The roads & our driveway are completely
clear-YAY!  (right now the National
Weather Service says my area is 12 degrees F.
with no wind chill so that’s OK – it didn’t seem
to stop many people from driving/shopping
when I was out earlier.

Stay warm, try to relax a little, maybe eat/drink
something you like (like a treat for you!) –
Have a GREAT DAY!!!

Hugs;

Pammie

and now it’s SUPER COLD!

(saw this on Facebook – thought it was pretty creative!)

  Today is the day everyone is freaking out about – temperatures BELOW zero and wind chills that are dangerous. Roads are clear, it’s almost sunny out – I’M GOING TO THE LIBRARY TO KNIT! Spent all day babysitting my baby grandson yesterday; finished the ‘pinks’ baby blanket & knit 2 1/2 pairs of baby booties (finished the other bootie this morning). Found another ‘new to me’ knit pattern so will be starting another blanket, probably today.

On our snow plowing conundrum – it turned out to be a very long story: Our ‘regular’ guy retired & didn’t tell us; next guy who was recommended very abruptly said: “I’m SWAMPED!”. I ended up calling back our old guy for another recommendation so now we have someone for the ‘next’ big snow. My oldest son who drove 12+hours home after being away for the weekend suddenly showed up in our driveway with a snowblower & did our drive! I was super surprised (didn’t expect him home for at least another 3-4 hours!). He said they decided to leave early knowing the driving conditions would be bad; he borrowed the snowblower from the other grandparents: did his driveway, their driveway then ours – what a guy! My special needs group is officially canceled for tonight & all my people are called (got that done last night!). I’m thinking pork roast, carrots & potatoes in the crockpot for dinner – easy-peasy!

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Orange Coffee Rolls

1/4 C. warm water
1 envelope active dry yeast

1 3/4 C. sugar, divided
2 eggs
1/2 C. sour cream
1/2 C. butter melted/divided
1 tsp. salt
2 3/4 to 3 C. flour
1 C. flaked coconut, toasted/
divided
2 T. orange zest
1/2 C. sour cream
1/4 C. butter
2 tsp. orange juice

Grease a 9 X 13″ baking
dish with butter, or spray
with nonstick cooking spray.
Combine dry yeast into
warm water in a large bowl;
let stand 5 minutes. Add 1/4 C.
sugar, eggs, sour cream, 6 T.
melted butter & salt; beat
using elec. mixer on medium
speed until blended. Gradually
stir in enough flour to make a
soft dough. Turn dough out onto
a well-floured surface. Knead
dough until smooth & elastic,
about 5 minutes. Grease a
large bowl with butter; place
dough ball in bowl. Cover with
a towel & place in a warm place
(85 degrees), free from drafts,
1 1/2 hours or until dough doubles
in bulk. Punch dough down & divide
in half. Roll one portion dough into a
12-inch circle; brush with 1 T. melted
butter. In a small bowl combine 3/4 C.
sugar, 3/4 C. coconut & orange zest;
sprinkle half of mixture over dough.
Cut into 12 wedges; roll each wedge,
beginning at wide end & place in
prepared pan, point sides down –
repeat with remaining dough/butter/
coconut mixture. Cover & let rise in
a warm place, free from drafts, 45
minutes or until double in bulk.

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Bake rolls 25-30 *minutes until golden.
*Cover with foil after 15 minutes to
prevent excess browning. While rolls
are baking: in a small saucepan combine
3/4 C. sugar, sour cream, butter & orange
juice. Over medium heat bring to boil.
Boil, stirring occasionally, 3 minutes. Let
cool slightly then spoon warm glaze over
warm rolls & sprinkle with remaining
1/4 C. coconut. Makes 2 dozen.

(recipe: gooseberrypatch.com)
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Stuffed Pepper Soup

1 lb. ground beef (or sausage)
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
4 C. water
1-2 lb. pkg. frozen pepper & onion
blend
2 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. paprika
2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. garlic
2 tsp. basil

4 C. riced, cooked – for serving
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In large pot or Dutch oven, brown
beef over medium-high heat until
no longer pink. Drain. Add onion/
pepper blend & cook until peppers
are tender & onions are slightly
translucent. Stir in all other
ingredients (except rice) – bring to
boil over medium heat. Reduce
heat & simmer about 30 minutes,
stirring occasionally. Stir in rice to
each bowl (or in the whole pot, if
desired) just before serving.

NOTE: Poster said “If you’re not going
to eat all of the soup at that serving,
she suggests stirring rice into each
individual bowl of soup rather than
the entire pot.

(recipe: southernplate.com)
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Crockpot Cube Steak

2 lb. cube steak
1 (10.5 oz) can cream of mushroom
soup

Cooked rice or egg noodles to serve 6
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Place cube steak in freezer for about
20 minutes to facilitate easier slicing.
Cut meat into 1-inch strips & place in
bottom of 5 qt or larger crockpot; pour
soup on top. Cover & cook on Low 4-6
hours. Serve over cooked white or brown
rice or cooked egg noodles.

NOTE: If you would like a thinner gravy,
add a little water to meat & soup (about
1/4 C.). Without adding water the meat
will release it’s own juices which will thin
out the gravy, also.

(recipe: crockpotladies.com)
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Amish Breakfast Casserole

1 lb. sliced bacon, diced
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
6 large eggs, lightly beaten
4 C. frozen, shredded hash
brown potatoes, thawed
2 C. shredded Cheddar cheese
1 1/2 C. cottage cheese
1 1/4 C. shredded Swiss cheese

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13 baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
In large skillet cook bacon & onion
over medium heat until bacon is
crisp; drain. In large bowl combine
remaining ingredients; stir in bacon
mixture & transfer to prepared pan.
Bake, uncovered, 35-40 minutes until
a knife inserted into center comes out
clean. Let stand 10 minutes before
cutting. Serves 12

NOTE: can be assembled a day ahead &
baked just before serving.

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Honey/Lemon/Ginger Chicken

4 chicken breasts, cut into chunks
salt/pepper, to taste
2 tsp. fresh ginger, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 T. olive oil, divided
1/2 C. honey
zest of 1 lemon
4 T. fresh lemon juice
2 T. apple cider vinegar
2 1/2 T. soy sauce
1 T. cornstarch
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Cooked rice to serve 6
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Heat a large skillet over medium-
high heat; add 1 T. olive oil & heat.
Add chicken chunks & sprinkle with
salt/pepper. Cook until browned on
all sides & no longer pink on the
inside – about 10 minutes. In a
medium saucepan, heat over medium-
high heat & add 1 T. olive oil – heat oil.
Add ginger & garlic, cook 2-3 minutes
being careful not to burn, until fragrant &
slightly golden brown. In large glass
measuring cup whisk lemon zest, lemon
juice, vinegar, honey, soy sauce & cornstarch;
make sure all is well combined. Pour sauce
over garlic & ginger -stir to combine & allow
to come to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once
at a boil, cook 2 minutes – sauce will thicken
& turn a bit darker. Pour sauce over cooked
chicken & stir, making sure all chicken is
coated in sauce. Serve immediately over
cooked rice. Serves 6

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Tuscan Sausage & White Bean Soup

1/4 C. butter
1/2 C. chopped onion
2 cloves garlic,finely chopped
1/4 C. flour
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth
1/2 lb. ground pork sausage, cooked/
drained
1 (15.5 oz) can undrained cannellini
beans
salt/pepper, to taste

In medium saucepan melt butter; add
onion & garlic, cook 1-2 minutes, stirring
occasionally, until onion is tender. Stir
in flour – slowly add evap. milk & broth
while stirring constantly. Once mixture
comes to a complete boil, add sausage
& beans. Heat through, season with
salt/pepper. Serves 4

(recipe: theseoldcookbooks.com)
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Reese’s Chocolate Butter Cake

1 (15.25 oz) box Devil’s Food cake mix
1/2 C. butter, melted
1 egg
12 peanut butter cups (full sized circle)
cut into sixths
4 snack-sized Butterfinger candy bars,
coarsely chopped
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 C. creamy peanut butter
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 C. butter, melted
4 C. powdered sugar

Glaze:
1 C. milk chocolate chips
2 tsp. vegetable oil

Preheat oven 325 degrees F.
Generously spray 9 X 13″ baking
pan with nonstick cooking spray.
In large bowl combine dry cake
mix, melted butter & egg – mix
until combined. Cover bottom of
greased pan evenly with cake
mixture. Spread peanut butter cups &
butterfinger pieces over cake mixture.
Mix cream cheese, peanut butter, eggs
& vanilla until well blended then add
butter. Mix in powdered sugar until well
blended & spread over candy bar layer.
Bake 55 minutes – it will puff up in the
center & will drop a little after you remove
it from oven. Let cool
Mix Glaze ingredients in a microwave-safe
bowl & microwave until chips are melted.
Spread over cooled cake. Serves 30

(recipe: sixsistersstuff.com)

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Ok – right now (8:50 a.m.) the temp. is showing
-8 degrees F. with a wind chill of -31 degrees F.!
Now THAT’S cold! The really FUNNY thing is:
they’re predicting a high of near 45 degrees F.
for Sunday! WEIRD! (then rain & high near 48
for next Monday) Hey-I can take the cold – you
can walk & drive in it & not worry about falling
or getting your car stuck in it! Wonder how
many brave ladies will venture out today to
library Knit group!

Stay warm – our local newspaper’s headline
today is: “Stay warm – stay inside!”

Hugs;

Pammie



 

Here comes the S-N-O-W!

Here in Michigan we are awaiting a BIG snowstorm coming sometime today/night – 5 to 7 inches (YUCK). Yesterday found me attempting to contact our snowplow man to make sure we are still on his list of clients – to no avail; calls went to his answering machine which promptly told clients that the ‘box is full and not able to take any more messages.” UGH! Finally, out of frustration, I tried ONE MORE TIME this morning and got him right away. My ‘hunch’ was right – he’s retired! We are now going to try another man who was referred to us by a friend – sure hope this works out, don’t want to be snowed in. We live on a MAJOR highway (45 mph. in front of our house) and our driveway is sloped just enough to make it nigh onto impossible to get UP if there’s any snow on it! The county road crews come through plowing the road constantly which piles up HUGH amounts of snow/ice at the bottom of the drive – you would need a SHERMAN TANK to get over that once it freezes up, hence WHY we need the drive plowed! Husband & I (and the boys, at times) have shoveled that for many years but both husband & I are now of an age that we shouldn’t be doing that kind of work, so we called a plow guy. SURE HOPE this new guy comes through – I’m thinking I will probably be the one to babysit tomorrow morning. Son & his girlfriend went with other couples for a weekend together and are due back tonight (other grandparents babysat for 4 days so I’m pretty sure they won’t be babysitting tomorrow when our son & girlfriend have to go back to work). OH JOY – I get to ‘venture out’ – sure hope the drive gets cleared & the roads are good – we’ll see.

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Sour Cream Banana Bars

Bars:
1 1/2 C. sugar
1 C. sour cream
1/2 C. butter, softened
2 eggs
1 1/2 C. mashed bananas
2 tsp. vanilla
2 C. flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda

Brown Butter Frosting:
1/2 C. butter
3 3/4 C. powdered sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
4-5 T. Half & Half

Optional: add 1/2 C. chopped nuts
to batter of bars, if desired

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Grease & flour a 10 X 15″ jelly roll pan.
In large bowl using elec. mixer, combine
sugar, sour cream, butter & eggs – mix on
Low speed, scraping bowl occasionally,
until combined. Add bananas & vanilla –
mix on Low about 30 seconds. Add flour,
salt & baking soda – mix on medium speed
about 1 minute, just until combined – pour
into prepared pan. Bake 18-22 minutes until
golden brown & a toothpick inserted into
center comes out clean. Cool until just
slightly warm & frost with Brown Butter
Frosting. Serves 12

Frosting:
In small saucepan brown butter over medium
heat until golden brown in color & golden-
brown flecks appear, swirling pan frequently.
(butter will become a little foamy). Remove
from heat & pour into a large bowl, cool
slightly. Add powdered sugar, vanilla and
Half & Half – mix using elec. mixer until
smooth & spreadable

(recipe: 5boysbaker.com)
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Crockpot Vegetable Beef Soup

2 C. cooked/chopped roast beef
1 small onion, chopped
1 (12 oz) bag frozen mixed vegetables
1 (14.5 oz) can beef broth
1 (42 oz) can tomato juice
1 1/2 C. coarse-chopped cabbage
1 large potato, peeled/chopped
salt/pepper, to taste

Place all ingredients in crockpot;
cover & cook on Low 8 hours or
until potatoes are tender.
Serves 10

(recipe: farmwifecooks.com)
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Tex-Mex Bean Bake w/Cornbread
Topping

1 T. olive oil
1 large sweet potato, peeled/
finely chopped
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1 small green pepper, coarsely
chopped
1 small sweet red pepper, coarsely
chopped
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained/
rinsed
1 (15 oz) can pinto beans, drained/
rinsed
1 C. frozen corn
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chilies
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/2 C. vegetable broth
3 oz. cream cheese, softened

Topping:
1 (8.5 oz) box corn bread/muffin mix
(Jiffy)
1 large egg
1/3 C. milk
1/3 C. solid-pack pumpkin

Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
Spray a 9 X 13″ baking dish with
nonstick cooking spray.
In large skillet heat oil over
medium-high heat. Add sweet
potato, onion & peppers- cook &
stir 5-7 minutes until potato is
cooked halfway through. Stir in
beans, corn, chilies, salt & cumin;
heat through. Stir in broth & cream
cheese until blended – pour mixture
into prepared pan.
In large bowl combine corn bread mix,
egg, milk & pumpkin – spoon over
bean mixture in pan. Bake, uncovered,
25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted
into topping portion comes out clean.
Serves 8

NOTE: this recipe can be made ahead a
day in advance. Prepare as directed,
omitting topping. Cover & refrigerate
overnight. Remove from fridge 30 minutes
before baking. Prepare topping & bake
as directed

(recipe: tasteofhome.com)
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Stir-fry Garlic/Beef & Broccoli

1 lb. round steak, very thinly sliced*
4 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tsp. medium sherry (optional)
1 1/2 T. cornstarch
1/4 C. olive oil (or other oil)
3/4 lb. broccoli, cut into small
florettes
1/4 C. chicken stock
4 green onions, cut into 1″ lengths
1 1/2 C. small mushrooms, sliced
2 T. soy sauce (or more, if desired)
salt/pepper
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Cooked rice or noodles to serve 6
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Place sliced steak in a bowl with sherry
(if using), soy sauce, cornstarch & a little
salt – stir & let rest 20 minutes.
Place 2 T. oil in a skillet over medium-high
heat. Add garlic & stir-fry 1-2 minutes. Add
mushrooms & stir-fry 2 minutes; remove &
keep warm. Place 2 T. oil in skillet & stir-fry
beef until nicely browned; remove & keep
warm. Add 1 T. oil to skillet & stir-fry green
onions 1 minute-remove & keep warm. Pour
chicken stock in skillet & heat to bubbling;
add broccoli. Cover & steam 3-4 minutes.
Remove lid & place all ingredients in
skillet; heat through but do not over cook.
Serves 6

*Steak is sliced easily if it is half-frozen
when you slice it

(recipe: geniuskitchen.com)
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Scrambled Egg Muffins

12 eggs
1/2 C. milk
salt/pepper, to taste
1/2 tsp. seasoned salt
1 green onion, chopped
3-4 slices deli ham
4 fresh mushrooms, chopped
1 C. sharp Cheddar cheese, grated

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Spray muffin tin with nonstick cooking
spray. Crack eggs into large bowl; add
milk, salt/pepper/seasoned salt – whisk
vigorously with a fork. Sprinkle onion,
ham, mushrooms & cheese into muffin
tin bottoms & pour some of egg mixture
into each cup (just a little less than full=
helps if you use a large measuring cup)
Bake 30 minutes until they puffed up &
are a bit golden brown along the edges.
Allow to sit in pan about 5 minutes, then
serve. Makes 12

NOTE: They can be made ahead – cool
completely & store in ziplock bags in fridge.
Microwave to reheat.

(recipe: jamiecooksitup.net)
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Country Chicken ‘n Rice

1 (3 to 3 1/2 lb) chicken, cut into 8
pieces
6 C. water
2 (15 oz, ea) cans tomato sauce
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 tsp. dried thyme
1T. salt
1 tsp. black pepper
2 C. long or whole-grain rice,
rinsed

In large pot bring all ingredients
except rice to a boil over medium-
high heat. Cover & allow to boil
35 minutes. Add rice & cook 25-30
minutes until rice is tender, no pink
remains in chicken & chicken juices
run clear. Serves 6

(recipe: mrfood.com)
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Cake Mix Snickerdoodles

1 box white cake mix
1 egg
1/2 C. (1 stick) butter, melted
1/4 C. sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment
paper. In mixing bowl beat dry cake
mix, egg & melted butter until fully
combined. In small bowl mix cinnamon
& sugar. Scoop batter & shape into
1 inch balls & roll balls in cinnamon/sugar
mixture – place on cookie sheet – repeat
with remaining dough. Bake 10-12 minutes
until edges are light brown. Let cookies
set on cookie sheet 5 minutes before
removing – cool completely on wire rack.
Makes 36-40 cookies

(recipe: ourtableforseven.com)
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Am currently working on finishing the ‘various
pinks’ blanket (almost done), the continuing
baby booties project and then – the other night
I got a text from oldest son asking if I would
mind making a (Loom-knit) hat for his friend.
I told son I haven’t made those in years (the
process makes my hands hurt so I kind of stopped
doing that) BUT – this is my son’s close friend so
I caved. Told him I hoped his friend didn’t mind
the colors I chose (only large skeins of ‘regular’
yarn I had at the moment): maroon & black.
Friend sent me a text with a photo of him holding
a post-it note saying “I love you, Pam!” so – being
the ‘softy’ that I am, of course I’m making him a
hat! (I’ve known him since they were teens – he
works for my son as an under chef, he’s a great
guy!). To take my mind off the ‘process’ of making
the hat I’ve been watching the cooking channel &
looming – it helps. I also told my son ‘no more
volunteering my hat making skills, please’.

Hope you are having a GREAT day! It’s the
beginning of a new week – let’s hope it turns
out to be a good one!

Hugs;

Pammie

 

Here it is – Thursday

This has been a ‘What day is it today?’ kind of week so far; not used to babysitting regularly (I’ve been spoiled!) – babysat all day 10-7 Monday, 2-6:15 Tuesday then Knit Night,, Weds. was a FULL day (no babysitting but lots extra) and then there’s today: my OFF day – YAY! Our weather has been crazy – Tuesday early evening it began to rain & immediately FREEZE – that was my Panera knit night (I left an hour early). I texted my oldest son to tell him, again, how much I appreciate my automatic car starter (which, with the defrost on full) helped get the tons of ice off of my car windows! Weds. morning was my Library knit group – clear/but still a little slippery walking. Because we were supposed to have greatly dropping temperatures (along with a slight rain), my special needs group was canceled requiring me to make a ton of phone calls. Yesterday was also my husband’s 67th birthday. I should preface that with: “He HATES his birthday!” No celebration, barely able to slip in a few small presents and his favorite banana cake. Because it was such a crazy day yesterday (Library knit, grocery shopping, tons of phone calls) I totally forgot to check how much powdered sugar I had on hand . . . not enough. Husband was OK with my baking his cake today instead – it’s in the oven now. The recipe makes a very DENSE banana cake with a great cream cheese frosting but it’s labor-intensive (I only make it once a year and then I remember WHY! Use tons of bowls, recipe from scratch, etc.)-glad he appreciates the effort. Dinner is going to be my chili, so there’s a huge pot on the stove.

On the subject of the baby booties mentioned in the last text, I was super proud of my knit group(s) ladies – as of yesterday we have 15 pairs done and more coming. The lady who will be picking them up wrote that our efforts brought her to tears (guess she didn’t really expect us to jump in with both feet, eh?). I asked a few questions about colors/types of yarn used and was happy with all answers so I’ll be able to keep knitting them for quite awhile (1 pair, for me, takes 1 hour or a little less). I truly don’t mind knitting if I know there’s really a need.

LOTS of great recipes – just haven’t had the time to get to my computer to share some with you lately!  (I don’t believe it – my blog site is doing the teeny/tiny print again! UGH!!!) This only happens if I ‘copy & paste’ from my email site – will work on it. Best I can do for today is hand-type each recipe onto this site – at least that works (leaves double spacing between every line, but it’s better than nothing! OR so tiny you couldn’t read it unless you had a magnifying glass!)

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 No-Bake Peanut Butter Haystacks

1 (11 oz) pkg. butterscotch chips

1 C. creamy peanut butter

1 (5 oz) can crispy chow mein noodles

1/2 C. salted peanuts (optional)

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper. In large pot

over medium-low heat, melt butterscotch chips &

peanut butter, stirring until smooth. Remove from

heat & stir in chow mein noodles & peanuts (if using),

stirring quickly to coat. Working quickly, drop by

spoonfuls onto waxed paper. Allow to cool.

Serves 8-10

 

(recipe: 12tomatoes.com)


Crockpot Potato Bean Soup

3 lb. russet potatoes, peeled/diced

32 oz. chicken broth

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

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(Add at the end):

1/2 tsp. black pepper

8 oz cream cheese

1/2 lb. bacon, sliced/cooked/drained

To a 5 qt or larger crockpot, add

potatoes. Pour chicken broth over

potatoes, add garlic powder & stir.

Cover & cook on High 5 hours (or

Low 9 hours). When cooking time

is up, add cream cheese to potatoes

& broth. You can use an immersion

blender, or, in batches, pour soup

into a blender & blend until smooth

(OR) you can mash the soup using a

potato masher,) Poster says she

likes leaving some potato chunks.

Stir in pepper & coked bacon. Soup

will start to thicken if the lid is kept

off too long. To thin: add a little

water or more broth. Serves 8

(recipe: themagicalslowcooker.com)


Taco Soup

1 T. canola oil

1 large onion, chopped

2 lb. ground beef

1 (15 oz) can pinto beans, drained/

rinsed

1 (15 oz) can whole kernel corn

1 (15 oz) can fire-roasted tomatoes

1 T. taco seasoning mix

1 1/2 C. water

Garnishes:

sour cream

sliced green onions


In large Dutch oven or pot over medium

heat, heat oil. Add onion & cook 5 minutes

until soft; add gr. beef & cook until no

longer pink – drain. Add beans, corn,

fire-roasted tomatoes, taco seasoning &

water. Cook until heated through.

Serve with optional garnishes.

Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)


Overnight/Make-ahead
or use right away:
Morning Egg Burritos

3 C. mini tater tots
8 eggs
1/4 C. sour cream
1/3 C. finely chopped green
peppers
1/3 C. finely chopped onion
8 (8 inch) flour tortillas
1 C. shredded Pepper-Jack cheese

Place tater tots in single layer on
microwaveable plate. Microwave
on High 3 minutes. Whisk eggs &
sour cream until blended. In large
non-stick skillet over medium heat
cook peppers & onions 4-5 minutes
until crisp tender, stirring frequently.
Add egg mixture; mix well & cook
4 minutes until eggs are set, stirring
occasionally. remove from heat &
stir in tater tots. Spoon egg mixture
down centers to tortillas & top with
cheese. Fold in opposite sides of
tortilla then roll up, burrito-style.

Refrigerate overnight. (OR)
burritos can be served immediately
after assembling.
Makes 8
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When ready to cook after refrigerating:
cook burritos in a nonstick skillet or grill
pan on medium-high heat 2-3 minutes on
each side until golden brown on both
sides.

Freezer option:
Prepare burritos as directed; wrap
individually in foil & freeze. When
ready to serve place 1 unwrapped
burrito on microwaveable plate &
microwave on High 2 to 2 1/2 minutes
until heated through. Repeat with
remaining burritos, if desired.

(recipe: kraftrecipes.com)
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Easy Crispy-Baked Chicken Breasts

3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
(can use bone-in, also)
1/3 C. flour
1/3 C. cornmeal
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/4 C. milk
1/4 C. butter (or 4 T), melted

Preheat oven 375 degrees F.
In a pie plate (or shallow dish) mix
flour, cornmeal, salt/pepper, chili
powder & dried basil. Place milk
in another shallow dish. Dip chicken
pieces in milk then into flour/cornmeal
mixture making sure to completely
coat the pieces – place in a baking dish
& drizzle melted butter over top. Bake
1 hour* or until chicken is done in center
(no longer pink). *Turn pieces about 15
minutes before they finish cooking.
Serves 3-4

(recipe: thesouthernladycooks.com)
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Mozzarella-stuffed Chicken Parm.

1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
kosher salt/black pepper
1 C. flour
3 eggs, beaten
1 C. Panko bread crumbs
1 tsp. dried oregano
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 C. freshly grated Parmesan cheese/
divided
olive oil, for frying
2 C. marinara sauce
1/4 C. thinly sliced basil leaves
2 T. chopped parsley

Preheat oven 425 degrees F.
Using a sharp paring knife, cut a deep
slit into each chicken breast. Stuff pockets
with mozz., then press edges of chicken
together to seal. Season outsides with
salt/pepper. Place flour, eggs & Panko into
3 separate shallow bowls/pie plates (whip/
scramble eggs.) Into Panko crumbs whisk garlic
powder, dried oregano, 1/4 C. Parm. & 1/2 tsp.
salt. Dip stuffed chicken into flour, shaking off
excess. Dip into scrambled eggs, tossing to
coat. Dredge chicken in bread crumbs, making
sure chicken is evenly coated. In large (oven
proof) skillet over medium heat, heat a thin
layer of olive oil. Add chicken to skillet & cook
until golden on both sides, about 4 minutes
per side. Pour marinara around chicken &
scatter basil on top. Turn off heat then sprinkle
remaining Parm. on top of chicken. Transfer skillet
to oven & bake until chicken is cooked through,
about 20 minutes more. Garnish with parsley &
serve warm. Serves 4

(recipe: delish.com)
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Nutella Bread Pudding

3 croissants (preferably 1-2 days old)
3/4 C. Nutella
1/4 C. pecan halves
2 eggs
1 C. heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 C. sugar

powdered sugar-for dusting

Preheat oven 350 degrees F.
Slice each croissant in half length-
wise then cover one side with Nutella.
Place halves back together to make
sandwiches & cut into 2 inch pieces.
Place pieces & pecans to 10″ X 5″
loaf pan.

Custard:

Add eggs, cream, vanilla, salt & sugar
to medium bowl – whisk until combined.
Pour custard over sandwich pieces then
gently push down the bread so the custard
starts to absorb the liquid. Cover with foil
& bake 30  minutes then remove foil.
Continue to bake, uncovered, 10 minutes
until pudding is golden brown, has risen
slightly & liquid has been completely
absorbed. Let cool then sprinkle top
with powdered sugar. Serves 2

(recipe: steamykitchen.com)

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Crazy as it sounds, after I had hand-typed
about 4 recipes onto the blog I decided to
give the old “Copy & Paste” another try –
worked like a charm! Go figure! Oh well,
at least that allows me to share more
recipes with you without a lot of extra
work typing!

Hope you are having a great day – remember
to drink lots of water (I tend to forget, myself),
get some rest & try to RELAX a little during
your day!

Hugs;

Pammie